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An Unconventional Life
47 minutes | 14 days ago
9,000 Ways to Share Your Message Today
Jackie Lapin is a leader in helping leaders, authors, coaches, speakers and entrepreneurs connect with their next followers around the globe. An expert at aiding them to GET BOOKED, she provides strategies, guidance and direct leads through her SpeakerTunity® programs, tip sheets and regional directories that get changemakers booked for speaking engagements, radio shows, podcasts, virtual summits, TEDx events and virtual networking across North America.SpeakerTunity® also offers a speaker-one sheet graphic design service, booking systems and training to fill up your speaking calendar. SpeakerTunity® is The Ultimate Speaker’s Tool Box. Her internationally acclaimed Conscious Media Relations Radio/Podcast Tours have helped nearly 200 luminaries, leaders, filmmakers and authors grow their businesses, sell more books, create viewership and change more lives by introducing them to up to 9000 radio shows and podcasts, including such clients as Don Miguel Ruiz, Dr. Joe Vitale, James Twyman, Denise Linn, Arielle Ford, Hay House and more. In this episode… So, you've got a message to share with the world. But, how do you get it out there? Jackie Lapin, of Speakertunity, has helped thousands of experts do just that. In this episode of An Unconventional Life, Jackie Lapin reveals to Dr. Russell Strickland how experts can get their message out to their ideal audience by appearing on stages, summits, podcasts, radio, TV, and more. She shares insider secrets on accessing the 9,000 professional speaking opportunities available in the U.S. and Canada each day and navigating often confusing process of getting chosen for the spotlight. Appearing on summits, podcasts, TEDx stages, radio, TV, and more can get your message to thousands of right-fit customers, clients, and patients, expand your authority, and grow your business.
24 minutes | 21 days ago
National Dissertation Day and All the Things
Dr. Russell Strickland is the founder and CEO of Dissertation Done, author of Fast-Track Your Dissertation, and host of An Unconventional Life Podcast with Dr. Russell Strickland. In 2018, Dr. Strickland established National Dissertation Day on April 26th as a day to acknowledge and appreciate the hard work and sacrifice many of our best and brightest undertake in their pursuit of making the world a better place. Through Dissertation Done, Dr. Strickland and his doctoral students create actionable plans in order to complete their dissertations in a timely and effective manner. His coaches guide students through each step of the process removing much of the stress, confusion, and frustration through a comprehensive system of support, guidance, and accountability. Dr. Strickland also serves expert coaches, consultants, counselors, and those who aspire to be through his Expand Your Authority Expert Author Program, in which he guides experts through the process of becoming published authors with a unique focus on landing more customers, clients, and patients. Before becoming a renowned teacher, coach, and mentor, Dr. Strickland received his master’s degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Chicago and his doctoral in Organization and Management from Capella University. Over the past 20 years, he has mentored thousands of students, and his process has been proven to vastly reduce times to graduation and significantly improve graduation rates. In this episode… Want to launch a book? Think about giving and serving, too In this episode of An Unconventional Life, Dr. Strickland has a lot to celebrate. It's our 50th episode! And, Dr. Strickland is launching his book! And, National Dissertation Day is coming up! And, Dr. Strickland is hosting a 25-Doctor summit. Oh, and there's a huge fundraiser, too. Listen in as Dr. Strickland breaks it all down, so that you can get your ticket to join in on the fun! Dr. Strickland's philosophy of win-win-win comes through, again. Discover what it's like to help me, help you, help them.
32 minutes | a month ago
Encouraging Children is Like Molding Clay
Francisca Enih, Ed.D. was born in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. The first of eleven children. Growing up, she was fascinated with taking care of the needy, and this interest led to some early exposure to Saint Vincent De Paul Society, since she was drawn to stories related to caring. During the devasting Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, Dr. Enih served as the President of the Nigerian Catholic Ministry at Saint Albert of Trapani Catholic Church in Houston, Texas. One the missions was to help the needy and those affected by the hurricane. Within the ministry we provided hot meals to the individuals displaced by the hurricane. Later, Dr. Enih, who now teaches Skills for Living and Learning at the middle school level, developed a passion for ideas. She took professional developments in science, technology, mathematics and engineering and in 2007-2008 school year was name Houston Geological Society Earth Science Teacher of the Year from Rice University, Houston, Texas and Houston Independent School District Cream of the Crop in 2007. In 2008 and 2009 she was elected Holland Middle school Special Education Teacher of the Year. Also, she is certified to teach English as a Second Language. Dr. Enih, who lives in Houston, Texas has been an educator since 1997. She earned her Doctorate degree from Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas and her dissertation title is “The Relationship Between Parental Involvement and Middle School Student Achievement in Mathematics”. She is currently the Parish Pastoral Council member of St. Albert Catholics Church, Texas. Her goal is to uphold human self-esteem, to always be patient, and to promote fairness and kindness. In this episode… What do you want to do when you graduate? Dr. Francisca Enih became a published author, and she couldn't be happier. In this episode of An Unconventional Life, Dr. Francisca Enih and Dr. Russell Strickland discuss her experience in developing academically successful children. Dr. Enih is quick to point out her view that excellence is not just about academics. She relates stories, with equal pride, of the student who helped his fallen classmate up from the ground and the former student who is currently attending Harvard University. Dr. Enih has distilled her process of instilling excellence in children and poured it into her new book, 15 Minutes a Day. Dr. Enih's infectious enthusiasm is evident throughout this episode, but never mores than we she lifts her new book for our YouTube viewers to see. Discover what it's like to truly follow your dreams, and then get back to it yourself!
43 minutes | a month ago
More Content, More Content, More Content
Todd Dewett, Ph.D. is a best-selling leadership and success author and educator. He’s been a consultant, an award-winning professor, a three-time TEDx speaker, an Inc. Magazine Top 100 Leadership Speaker, and the creator of an educational library of courses enjoyed by millions of professionals around the world. His latest book is Live Hard, a collection of twenty inspiring stories packed with advice about living and achieving more fully. His clients are a who’s who of global organizations including Microsoft, Google, ExxonMobil, and State Farm. His advice has been cited by the New York Times, Forbes, CNN, and hundreds of additional outlets. In this episode… Do you want to be a professional expert? Well, expert expert, Dr. Todd Dewett, can tell you how to get there. In this episode of An Unconventional Life, Dr. Todd Dewett shares his story with Dr. Russell Strickland. They discuss the importance of utilizing each experience to target, refine, and confirm your big why. Dr. Dewett discovered his passion one piece at a time with stints in big-box consulting at Accenture and Ernst & Young, high-level research at Texas A&M, and college "professoring" with Wright State University. These experiences led Dr. Dewett to finding his calling as a speaker, author, and storyteller extraordinaire. According to Dr. Dewett, the most important thing you should learn from your education is how little you actually know. Carrying that attitude and understanding into your career as an expert will keep you motivated, ever improving, and keep you out of untold amounts of trouble!
48 minutes | a month ago
The Incredible Disappearing Advisor, Fate, and Wite-Out
Jennifer Gardella, Ph.D. works with a select group of clients supporting them with weekly blogging and daily social media. Using her time-tested strategies she positions her clients as experts and their business as the go-to place for their goods and services. And, for clients who grew up with the phone attached to the kitchen wall, Dr. Gardella get them out of overwhelm using her superpower of explaining things in small pieces for understanding. Dr. Gardella has had quite an interesting path to success and will share some of that story with us today. The highlights include earning a PhD in Educational Psychology from Rutgers University, starting her business from scratch at the age of 45, blogging for the Huffington Post, presenting a TEDx Talk, and speaking at the PA Conference for Women. Dr. Gardella was raised in New Jersey by New Yorker parents and appreciates relationships built on integrity, loyalty, and shared sarcasm. She now resides in Bucks County, PA while her three daughters are launching into the world. In her spare time you can find her exercising, writing her blog, breaking bread with her circle of trust, and working on her golf game. She is an avid goal setter with three simple ones for this year - feel free to reach out and ask her what she’s working on. In this episode… What are your goals? Do you have too many? What the reason behind each goal? Knowing your why is perhaps the single most important spect of intentionality. After all, you can't get anywhere if you don't know where to want to be. In this episode of An Unconventional Life, Dr. Jennifer Gardella and Dr. Russell Strickland discuss how busy you can be "doing nothing," the power of focus, and making bunny slippers a lifestyle choice. Dr. Gardella's doctoral dream began after raising her three kids to school age and being challenged by the university's admissions to prove that she'd done anything over the past decade. Research, relationships, and resiliency took Dr. Gardella from there to graduation and beyond. She now runs her own business where is guides business owners through the straits of social media to the open seas of exposure, visibility, and profits. According to Dr. Gardella, goal-setting muscles are great, but so are restraint and focus. When she had twenty simultaneous goals, she found it hard to be productive. Now, she has just three goals for the year and feels like her clarity and focus are much better. What are you focussed on right now?
58 minutes | 2 months ago
Making Science Change the World
Zina Jarrahi Cinker, Ph.D. is a globally recognized Graphene expert, R&D strategist, and condensed matter physicist. She currently serves as the founder and Director General of Advanced Material Future Preparedness Taskforce (AMPT) -- an international, public interest organization of over 20 country chapters, orchestrating the global use of Advanced Materials to solve humanity’s most immediate challenges--. Dr. Cinker earned a PhD in the field of Condensed Matter Ultrafast Spectroscopy from Vanderbilt university and has spent the past decade expediting the commercialization of Graphene and advanced materials from breakthrough to industrialization. She previously served as the Executive Director of the U.S. National Graphene Association, the main organization and body in North America of over 5,000 international members and organizations. As a Deep Tech advocate and system-change activist, Dr. Cinker’s recent initiatives focus on building an international infrastructure to enable material science and technologies to solve complex challenges of global magnitude where strategic dialogue and world-wide action among spheres of science, industry governments and civil societies are needed. In this episode… What do you want to be when you grow up? When you ask a child, you expect the answer to be cute...and transitory. It's important to not stop asking yourself this question as you do "grow up," because, for most people, the answer continue to evolve throughout their lives. In this episode of An Unconventional Life, Dr. Zina Jarrahi Cinker and Dr. Russell Strickland geek out on physics, the role of science in society, and the psychology of effective communication. Dr. Cinker's dream of growing up to be an astrophysicist, and Bill Gates(!), eventually settled on astrophysics. But, when she arrived at Vanderbilt, the allure of graphene seduced her to leave the very big for the very small. Dr. Cinker shares stories about Bill Gates, talking with U.S. Senators on Capitol Hill, and Tom...Somebody. Dr. Cinker leveraged her doctoral degree into a magical ride around the periphery of science. From industry to policy and research to advocacy, Dr. Cinker's career has taken her from the Halls of Academia to the Halls of Power. Where will yours take you?
41 minutes | 2 months ago
PhDs Can Do Pretty Much Anything
Jasmine Escalera, Ph.D. is a confidence coach and career strategist for women of color. She has proven coaching programs that help her clients beat self-doubt so they can own their worth and boss-up in their careers or business. Dr. Escalera was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and fell in love with chemistry in high school and went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Pace University and PhD in Pharmacology from Yale. Since earning her PhD, she has held high-level management positions within hospitals and non-profits, designing programs that increase the quality of life and healthcare options for underserved populations. In this episode… It's easy to see the world as black-or-white, this-or-that. But, when you have your Ph.D., it certainly doesn't have to be! In this episode of An Unconventional Life, Dr. Jasmine Escalera speaks with Dr. Russell Strickland about the identity crisis she experienced while pursuing her Ph.D. in pharmacology from Yale University. Knowing that there were two typical paths for students in her program, and not wanting to follow either of them, led her to the brink quitting her Ph.D. Fortunately, Dr. Escalera's a-ha moment came when an advisor told her that she could do anything after she earned her Ph.D. Overcoming the tyranny of the Or empowered Dr. Escalera to experience the amazing array of opportunities her Ph.D. provides. You're just one dissertation away from being able to to do the same!
46 minutes | 2 months ago
What We Were, What We Are, and What We Might Be
Erin L. Kelley, Ph.D. is a Professor of English at Dallas College in Dallas, Texas. Prior to completing her doctorate in Literature, Dr. Kelley earned a Juris Doctorate degree at Texas Tech University School of Law and worked in the Criminal District Attorney’s Office in Lubbock, Texas. She is a TEDx speaker and author of multiple academic journal articles. Dr. Kelley is a first-generation college graduate. She began her postsecondary studies at the community-college level. Those studies culminated with earning her Ph.D. as a full-time student while also balancing a full-time career. She now teaches community-college students beginning their own academic journeys. Dr. Kelley has practiced martial arts throughout her life. She enjoys instructing her students, speaking at conferences, and writing about how law and literature teach us about who we are, as a society. In this episode… So, you're a lawyer, and a Ph.D.? You must be an elitist, right? Well, not if you're a kid from Muleshoe, Texas! In this episode of An Unconventional Life, Dr. Erin Kelley shares with Dr. Russell Strickland the fascinating story of her unlikely journey from small town to law school; the gentle nudge the bar exam provided, again and again; and how she ultimately found her true calling by uniting her two passions. It's easy to look at some folks and think that they've got the world on a string. Well, Dr. Kelley wants you to know that making it look easy doesn't come easy! The real search sometimes begins when you think you've reached your goal. That's OK, because the rewards far exceed the effort! To paraphrase Dr. Kelley, think about who you were, who you are, and who you want to be. Keep striving for your goals, and before you know it, people will be wondering how you make it look so easy!
45 minutes | 2 months ago
"I don't believe in PhDs" and Other Fantastical Tales
Kathy Gruver, Ph.D. is an award-winning author, professional speaker, and former actor with over 30 years of experience in mind/body medicine and human behavior. An entertainer and educator imbuing all of her programs with practicality and passion. With a West Coast mentality and an East Coast delivery, her humorous, down to earth and engaging style has captivated audiences on four continents, three cruise ships and a handful of islands. It’s been her true honor to have delivered two TEDx talks. Dr. Gruver has written eight books which have garnered 12 awards, hosted a TV series based on her first book, developed a stress reduction program for the US military, and cohosts the Fire and Earth Podcast. She has penned countless articles and appears regularly as a guest on radio, TV and in in print media. She recently appeared on the Dr. Phil Show. She has earned her PhD in natural health and has studied mind-body medicine at the famed Benson Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Harvard. Kathy currently lives in Santa Barbara, California with her boyfriend, her guinea pig, Listo, and her cat, Aleister. For fun and stress relief Kathy does flying trapeze and plays dungeons and dragons. In this episode… It's funny, the way life works out sometimes. We make plans, and reality intrudes. But, that doesn't mean that we shouldn't plan... In this episode of An Unconventional Life, Dr. Kathy Gruver lays out the breadcrumbs of her career for Dr. Russell Strickland. From massage therapist to naturopath. Along the way she met a client working to finish her Ph.D in a field that she hated, a man who didn't "believe in Ph.D.s," and Dr. Phil! She's now a public speaker, coach, and multiple author. The journey didn't quite go as planned, but she wouldn't have it any other way! Dr. Gruver admits that she's "one to say 'yes' for things." This proclivity has earned her a Ph.D., her own TV show, and a life at least somewhat beyond her dreams. What are you saying 'yes' to?
71 minutes | 3 months ago
Wearing Multiple Hats and Staying on Mission
Darin Detwiler, LP.D., is the Assistant Dean at Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies and the Lead Faculty of the Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs of Food and Food Industries. As an Associate Teaching Professor of food regulatory policy, he has specialized in food safety, global economics of food and agriculture, Blockchain, and food authenticity. Dr. Detwiler is also the founder and CEO of Detwiler Consulting Group, LLC. He is an internationally recognized and respected food policy expert with over 25 years’ experience in shaping federal food policy, consulting with corporations, and contributing thought leadership to industry events and publications, advising industry, NGOs, and government agencies, and addressing food safety and authenticity issues in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to serving in various educational, editorial, and advisory capacities, his committee work includes appointments to two terms as a member of the USDA’s National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection, where his work improved standards and policies related to risk-based sampling. As the senior policy coordinator for a national food safety organization, he evaluated pertinent regulatory issues for the USDA and the FDA as a consumer advocate in their stakeholder advisory group. His work supported the FDA’s efforts for implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. He later served as a council member for the Conference for Food Protection, identifying and addressing emerging problems of food safety to influence model laws and regulations among all government agencies. Dr. Detwiler is the author of FOOD SAFETY: Past, Present, and Predictions (Elsevier, 2020); and Building the Future of Food Safety Technology (Elsevier, 2020). In this episode… When his middle school student asked him why he was here, Dr. Detwiler thought, "You're right," and walked out of the room George-Costanza-style, figuratively, at least. In this episode of An Unconventional Life, Dr. Darin Detwiler shares with Dr. Russell Strickland the heart-breaking story about the loss of his son at 16 months and how it fueled his mission in life to make our food safer for everyone. His doctoral journey began with a moment of epiphany when one of his middle school students asked why are you here. His immediate (subvocalized) response was, "I quit." But quitting was just the beginning, as is so often the case. Dr. Detwiler went on to become an assistant dean at his doctoral university so quickly that he actually hooded himself at commencement! Dr. Detwiler acknowledges that lifelong learning, ingrained in him throughout his doctoral journey, "has served me well in terms of trying to achieve what I can for my mission." How will your doctoral degree serve your mission?
60 minutes | 3 months ago
Fergus Connolly, Ph.D. is a coach, teacher, mentor, author, speaker and student of success and resilience. Dr. Connolly has worked with some of the world’s leading sports, military, and business teams including Verizon, the San Francisco 49ers, University of Michigan, Liverpool FC and multiple Special Forces units. Fergus has applied performance science with leading sports, military, and business teams. He is the only coach to have full times roles in every major sport, including soccer (Liverpool, Bolton Wanderers), professional and college football (San Francisco 49s and University of Michigan), rugby (Welsh national team) and elite military units. Dr. Connolly is the author of the bestselling book "Game Changer - The Art of Sports Science." He is one of the world’s foremost human potential thought leaders and influencers. Dr. Connolly is happy to share his personal story of success, authenticity, and the power of empathy among leaders. In this episode… What's keeping you from reaching your goals? Why are you letting that stand in your way? In this episode of An Unconventional Life, Dr. Fergus Connolly and Dr. Russell Strickland get into your head!Since your are unique and special, Dr. Connolly figures that your approach to your dissertation should be, too. It's all about being intentional, discovering your "why," and then being true to that truth. But, as special as you are, you're not perfect. Coming to terms with this fact early in the dissertation process is perhaps the most important thing you can do for your sanity...and your graduation. According to Dr. Connolly, becoming a doctor is all about learning how to learn. It doesn't mean you won't continue to make mistakes...just don't make the same mistakes twice!
77 minutes | 3 months ago
Embrace Imposter Syndrome
Adi Jaffe, Ph.D. is a #1 best-selling author (The Abstinence Myth) and a nationally recognized expert on mental health, addiction, relationships and shame. He lectured in the UCLA Psychology department for the better part of a decade and was the Executive-Director and Co-Founder of one of the most progressive mental health treatment facilities in the country - until he started IGNTD. Through IGNTD, Dr. Jaffe is changing the way people think about, and deal with mental health issues. He is passionate about exposes the role of shame in destroying lives. The driving philosophy behind IGNTD Recovery is to greatly reduce the stigma of addiction and mental health. Dr. Jaffe’s views on addiction and his research on the topic have been published widely in both academic journals and popular magazines and websites. He has been featured in CNN, The Huffington Post, Bustle, Los Angeles Times, KTLA. Dr. Jaffe has also appeared on several television shows including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors and Larry King Now and in numerous documentaries discussing current topics in addiction. He has also been the guest on notable podcasts including Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness, Almost Thirty, Dr. Drew, Cleaning Up the Mental Mess with Dr. Caroline Leaf and many more. In this episode… What's keep ing you from reaching your goals? Why are you letting that stand in your way? In this episode of An Unconventional Life, Dr. Adi Jaffe and Dr. Russell Strickland blow the doors of your excuses. Dr. Jaffe was an addict, drug dealer, and convicted felon when his doctoral journey began. He went from graduating with his bachelors degree on a technicality, to convincing his master-level professors to go to bat for him when he applied for doctoral studies. Clearly, Dr. Jaffe had all of the excuses one could ever need to not earn his doctor degree and make a positive impact on the world. But, he completely wasted all of these excuses, instead becoming a doctor, an author, interviewing with Larry King, and building an amazing community to support addiction recovery. So, don't worry that you aren't completely comfortable with what you're doing. In fact, Dr. Jaffe said, "I actually urge you to put yourself in more places where you have imposter syndrome." That's how you make a dent in the world!
43 minutes | 3 months ago
Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
Lisa Orbé-Austin, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and executive coach, with a focus on career advancement and leadership development. She is a co-founder and partner of Dynamic Transitions Psychological Consulting, a career and executive coaching consultancy, where she works mostly with high potential managers and executives. She earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University. Her views about career advancement, job transitions, leadership, and diversity & inclusion are regularly sought by the media and she has appeared in outlets such as The New York Times, NBC News, Forbes, The Huffington Post, Refinery29, Business Insider, and Insight Into Diversity. She has also been honored as a Top Voice on LinkedIn in the area of Job Search and Careers. Dr. Orbé-Austin recently gave a TEDx talk entitled "The Impostor Syndrome Paradox." She regularly consults with organizations in the private sector, non-profits, and educational institutions in supporting their employees and senior leadership teams to address gender bias, diversity, equity, & inclusion concerns, leadership development, effective communication, team cohesion, and managing conflict. Her practice also consults to universities on the reorganization & evaluation of their career centers to enhance their efficacy and metrics, in order to improve service delivery, data analysis, and student career outcomes. Her book, Own Your Greatness: Overcome Impostor Syndrome, Beat Self-Doubt, and Succeed in Life (Ulysses Press, 2020) co-authored with her partner, Dr. Richard Orbé-Austin, was released in April 2020. In this episode… Do you feel like you're a fraud, a sham, a pretender to your own throne? Are you sure that any day now someone is going to find you out and expose you? In this episode of An Unconventional Life, Dr. Lisa Orbé-Austin shares her traumatizing doctoral experience with Dr. Russell Strickland. Having a difficult advisor always makes the dissertation journey longer and more perilous. But having an absentee advisor? An advisor who then threatens to sue you when you finally switch to another advisor? For Dr. Orbé-Austin, the experience added two years to her doctoral studies and sent her careening into a dead-end job that was only tenuously connected to her degree. Fortunately, an epiphanous moment at work jolted her into leaving that job behind, without knowing what might lie ahead. This leap is faith was rewarded with a more fulfilling job, that gave her time to grow her private practice, which motivated her to grow a vibrant community through public appearances, speaking, and writing. As Dr. Orbé-Austin put it, "there are a lot of really great opportunities for academics." You simply have to get out there, "just really be human," and the opportunities will flow.
55 minutes | 3 months ago
The Intersection Between Luck and Hard Work
Sharon Belden Castonguay, Ed.D. is an adult developmental psychologist and the Executive Director of the Gordon Career Center at Wesleyan University, where she is also the instructor for Career Decisions: From Insight to Impact on Coursera and the host of the podcasts Careers by Design: The Interviews and First Year Out. She currently serves as President of the Liberal Arts Career Network, a consortium of top liberal arts colleges and universities across the United States. Her TEDxWesleyanU talk, The Psychology of Career Decisions, considers themes of identity, culture, and decision making. Her career advice has been featured on Forbes.com, Inc.com and Apple News. She received her doctorate in Human Development & Psychology from Harvard, where her research focused on how businesspeople make career decisions. She also holds an MA in Education from the University of Michigan and a BA in Government from Smith College. In this episode… Most doctoral students identify as doctors in their hearts long before holding the diploma in their hands. In this episode of An Unconventional Life, Dr. Sharon Belden Castonguay and Dr. Russell Strickland discuss the importance of identity when it comes to choosing your doctoral program, your doctoral advisors, and your postdoctoral career. Dr. Castonguay began advising doctoral students who choose not to pursue academia on career options while still pursuing her own doctoral degree. She shares an amazing technique for setting your career direction using comparative professional-identity introspective exercises. In our careers, and our lives, serendipity and intentionality both contribute to outcomes. Carefully reflecting on your own identity prepares you to pursue the right opportunities when they present themselves. Dr. Castonguay advises that career success is found at "the intersection of luck and hard work." You can do it!
59 minutes | 3 months ago
Bringing a Little Indiana Jones to the Dilbert Cube
Marlo Rencher, Ph.D. is an entrepreneur, anthropologist, and educator with over two decades of experience in startup and small business development. Currently, she is TechTown Detroit’s director of technology-based programs. She is a co-founder at Commune Angels, an inclusive network of angel investors. She is the founder of Tech Founders Academy, which helps Black and Brown women reinvent themselves as Tech Founders. She has also founded or co-founded three other tech startups. Dr. Rencher was the co-author of digitalundivided’s 2016 #ProjectDiane report, which provided groundbreaking insight into the funding gap for Black women tech founders. She is currently engaged in research on developing inclusive tech accelerators, incubators, co-working spaces and entrepreneurial hubs. Dr. Rencher previously served as vice president of innovation, entrepreneurship, and diversity at Cleary University. She also served as the faculty chair of the entrepreneurship department at the business-focused university. Dr. Rencher frequently speaks on technology entrepreneurship and inclusion and has been a presenter at TedxDetroit, Princeton University, and SXSW. She is the co-author of the forthcoming book Hard Reset: Framing Inclusion as the New Normal. In this episode… What would Indiana Jones do if the treasure map he discovered was an entrepreneur's business plan for a new start-up? In this episode of An Unconventional Life, Dr. Marlo Rencher and Dr. Russell Strickland discuss the importance of fitting in...in your doctoral program, in your village, and in your professional community. Dr. Rencher brings the unique perspective of an anthropologist to her work with businesses, particularly in the tech start-up space with Tech Town in Detroit. Entrepreneurs must cross a chasm from having conversations about making the world a better place and helping people to making money making the world a better place and helping people. As Dr. Rencher puts it, "I'm interested in people making lots of money and employing people," because that's how a good idea not only serves customers, but lifts communities.
69 minutes | 3 months ago
Teaching a New Language with Technology
Katherine Anderson Rosselot, Ph.D. contends that one of the essential elements in developing nursing knowledge and critical thinking skills is today’s educational technologies. Dr. Rosselot is passionate about the integration of technologies into nursing education. As a nursing professor and online nursing tutor/editor, education technologies are her primary tools for helping nursing students of all levels succeed in their educational pursuits. Dr. Rosselot created basic medical terminology adjunctive education for assisting nursing students in improving their academic performance. Dr. Rosselot is driven to leverage her experience in nursing, nurse education, and extensive training in educational technology to mentor, inspire, and help develop the critical thinking skills of nursing students and future nursing educators. Her teaching philosophy is student-centered, facilitates the achievement of advanced education, instills a culture of lifelong learning, and promotes the practice of professional nursing. As a survivor of multiple life circumstances, Dr. Rosselot always remembers to appreciate little things in life, but her two teenage children and their activities often require her to remember to just breathe! In this episode… When life hands you lemons, sometimes you have to suck it up and just keep going! In this episode of An Unconventional Life, Dr. Katherine Rosselot and Dr. Russell Strickland talk life, loss, and to how to outlast the challenges that come your way. Dr. Rosselot's doctoral journey began in response to am aggressive cancer that robbed her of a career she was passionate about. The journey was punctuated with suicidal ideations (not hers), a recurrence of cancer, and the loss of her husband. Dealing with this issues could bring anyone's life to a screeching halt or send it careening off a cliff. But Dr. Rosselot managed to maintain her focus on her goals while shepherding her family through the tumult. Dr. Rosselot's dissertation research ultimately led her to help nursing students make the extraordinarily difficult task of mastering medical jargon more accessible. She has gone on to teach, write, and currently serves as peer-reviewer for articles in her area of expertise. Happy endings for those who persevere!
63 minutes | 3 months ago
You Have to Get Uncomfortable to Get Comfortable
Jocelyn McDonald, Ph.D. is an Educational Technologist, Podcaster, Blogger, and Technology Integration Specialist for professional learning and small businesses. She is a proud advocate for social change in education and is dedicated to making a positive impact. She holds a Bachelors in Chemistry, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction in Instructional Technology, and a Ph.D. in Educational Technology. With 15+ years in education, she is passionate about supporting the transformation of education through technology for equitable access to 21st century education. While she makes strong efforts to use her influence to impact achievement in schools and communities by building relationships with various stakeholders, she still looks forward to continuing to develop professionally as she develops and learns from others. In this episode… In this episode of An Unconventional Life, Dr. Jocelyn McDonald and Dr. Russell Strickland discuss the myriad opportunities available after you earn your doctoral degree. Dr. McDonald talks about starting her own podcast and how she has used it to help public educators manage technology in their classrooms during the pandemic. And, in our continuing feature, "Doctors, they're just like you," Dr. Mac discusses the challenges she faced during her dissertation journey and how surrounding herself with the right people made all of the difference. As Dr. Mac says, "Give yourself permission to be great," by following the proven path to get your dissertation done and leverage your new title to serve those you are called to serve!
58 minutes | 3 months ago
Ask for Advice, Then Take It!
Dr. Jamie Ball, Ed.D. is a core dissertation faculty member at an online college of education where she serves as a full-time as a professor, dissertation chair, and doctoral research reviewer. Dr. Ball is a quantitative researcher and owner of a small business that provides research services, dissertation coaching, and editing. Dr. Ball completed all of her higher education online. Her degrees include a doctorate of education in organizational leadership with emphasis in behavioral health, a master of science in business organizational leadership, and a bachelor of science in entrepreneurship. Dr. Ball's experience as an online student greatly informs her teaching and mentoring. She also leverages the platform provided by her doctoral degree to advocate for social issues including abused and neglected children. Dr. Ball maintains a small hobby farm and assists in running her husband’s small business. She has conducted research to help identify business opportunities for others and taught others how to utilize peer-reviewed research articles to aid in their decision-making processes. In this episode… In this episode of An Unconventional Life, Dr. Jamie Ball and Dr. Russell Strickland compare doctoral students to bakers and Olympic athletes. Dr. Ball covers the types of advice students often request and what happens they refuse to follow it! She also share three major dissertation stumbling blocks that you want to be sure to avoid. Dr. Strickland reveals the most important three letters you'll ever encounter...and they're NOT Ph.D. Discover how to make your transition to doctor, from a couple of experts who made the transition themselves, and then helped hundreds of other students to do the same thing!
84 minutes | 4 months ago
Living Your Educational Dreams
Kasandrea Sereno, Ed.D. is a speaker, author, and consultant from Tampa Florida. Dr. Sereno currently works as a certified career counselor and academic advisor at USF. In 2015 she founded HigherEdSocial, the world’s largest professional society for social media managers, and enjoys collaborating with colleagues on best practices and creating trainings to help universities better leverage social media to increase their student retention and satisfaction. Dr. Sereno has spoken at professional, higher-ed, and technology conferences around the world and regularly presents on college campuses about Generation Z, and to students on how to use social media to build a personal brand and get hired in a competitive job market. She puts those words into action as founder of MyAdvisorSays.com, an organization that helps students earn admission into college. In this episode… In this episode of An Unconventional Life, Dr. Kasandrea Sereno and Dr. Russell Strickland wax philosophical about higher education and the educational system in the U.S. Their discussion touches on the causes of attrition in higher education, what's missing in secondary education, and how post-secondary education could do better branding itself. Dr. Sereno discusses the strange sense of grief she felt after defending her dissertation and the joy of helping her advisees achieve their own academic goals. Dr. Sereno is proof positive of the wonderful opportunities available and waiting for you on the other side oof your dissertation.
12 minutes | 4 months ago
Are Doctoral Students Smart?
Dr. Russell Strickland is the founder and CEO of Dissertation Done, a company that helps doctoral students create actionable plans in order to complete their dissertations in a timely and effective manner. Before becoming a renowned teacher, coach, and mentor, Dr. Strickland received his master’s degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Chicago and his doctoral in Organization and Management from Capella University. Over the past 20 years, he has mentored thousands of students, and his process has been proven to vastly reduce times to graduation and significantly improve graduation rates. In this episode… Are doctoral students smart? Of course! Right? Well, my daughter's not so sure. Join Dr. Russell Strickland of Dissertation Done in this episode of An Unconventional Life as he talks with Dr. Jeremy Weisz of Rise25 Media about his daughter's insights on doctoral students. He goes on to reveal his own insights as they relate to the need to create structure in the dissertation process, the opposing paradigms doctoral students follow in trying to complete their degrees, and the instinct for doctoral students to try to be heroic. Tune in to this quick-hitting episode to make sure that you're working smarter rather than harder.
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